The Digital Trade Chain: the blockchain train is rolling

| 28-7-2017 | Carlo de Meijer |

Trade finance is increasingly becoming the number one use case for blockchain with the greatest potential to benefit from this technology. In previously blocks I already showed the accelerated activity in this area (see: Blockchain and Supply Chain Finance: the missing link May 7, 2017 and Blockchain: accelerated activity in trade Finance, January 26, 2017).

End seven European banks, forming the so-called Digital Trade Chain consortium, announced their plans to develop in collaboration with IBM a trade finance platform based on blockchain technology. This is said to become the first real-world application of blockchain technology and might become the start of more of the blockchain train.

What is the Digital Trade Chain consortium?

In January this year seven European banks (Deutsche Bank, HSBC, KBC, Natixis, Rabobank, Société Générale and UniCredit) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in Brussels to create the Digital Trade Chain consortium. Under this MoU the banks intend to collaborate on the development and commercialisation of a shared supply chain management and trade finance platform for small and medium-sized companies (SMEs) using blockchain technology. That platform, called the Digital Trade Chain (DTC), should make domestic and cross border commerce easier for European SME business.

The aim of the project is to simplify trade finance processes for SMEs by “addressing the challenge of managing, tracking and securing domestic and international trade transactions.

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Carlo de Meijer

Economist and researcher